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It's Jazz History Online's Seventh Anniversary!
Historical Releases (Savory/Peterson/Armstrong/Fitzgerald/Davis/Coltrane/Garner),
Chris Brubeck, Manhattan Transfer, Eddie Daniels, Cyrille Aimee and much more!
Details in Notes from the Editor
New in Retro Reviews:

The reissues have been piling up in the JHO offices, so this month, Thomas Cunniffe has selected seven new collections (a total of 26 discs!) for discussion in the Retro Review. Included are the Mosaic Savory Collection, and collections featuring Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Erroll Garner.

New in Sidetracks:
Normally, this space would be filled with a book review. But this month, Thomas Cunniffe became quite frustrated with a new jazz listener's guide he was asked to review. As he writes,"This book is a particularly egregious example of shoddy work, which was pushed into the marketplace without recognition of its responsibilities or consequences." Cunniffe uses the faults of the book to address the problems with some of today's jazz scholarship. 

Historical Essays:
(Part 1) 
(Part 2)
Despite appearing on some of the greatest jazz records of the 1930s,  and possessing one of the most personal sounds in jazz history, trumpeter Frankie Newton is barely remembered today. His biography is filled with contradictory information, and his discography has several mysterious gaps. Thomas Cunniffe sorts out the conflicting details and discusses all of Newton's recordings in this special 2-part Historical Essay.

New in Interviews:
In 1958, the Dave Brubeck Quartet made a historic four-month tour of Europe and the Middle East for the US State Department. The tour was the subject of a PBS documentary, and the latest album by Brubeck's sons Chris and Dan. Thomas Cunniffe chatted with Chris about the tour and his father's legacy.

New in CD Reviews:
All four of the recordings covered in this month's vocal CD reviews feature established singers at an artistic crossroads. Cyrille Aimée's live album catches her group just before they disbanded, while Amy Cervini, Keri Johnsrud and Allegra Levy all explore music new to their discographies. Thomas Cunniffe reviews these superb albums.

While each of the leaders of this month's instrumental CDs is an accomplished composer/arranger, most of the music presented on their discs are from the pens of other composers. Saxophonist Michael Cox remembers his friend and colleague Mark Flugge on "Compassion", Eddie Daniels salutes Egberto Gismondi on "Heart of Brazil", Ryan Keberle and Frank Woeste explore a piece by Maurice Ravel on "Reverso", and Bobby Sanabria offers a dramatic rewrite of a classic musical in "West Side Story Reimagined". Thomas Cunniffe reviews the discs.

Two of the jazz world's best-known vocal groups returned to the recording studio after prolonged absences. Manhattan Transfer's "The Junction", produced by Mervyn Warren, offers the first recordings of Trist Curless as official replacement for the late Tim Hauser, while New York Voices collaborate with the Bob Mintzer on "Meeting of Minds", presenting the vocalists as an additional section of a big band. Thomas Cunniffe reviews both in this CD review extra.

New in DVD Reviews:
Watching the Randy Brecker Quintet's 1988 performance at the long-defunct club Sweet Basil is like traveling in a time machine. Certain things are familiar and yet it all looks so different. Still, as Thomas Cunniffe reports, the music holds up very well and the video master has been especially well-preserved. And while portions of this music were previously issued on LP and CD, there are several instances where the DVD differs from the earlier audio discs. 

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